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Members get sneak peek of new museum

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TECUMSEH–While today marks the official Grand Opening of the newly renovated Johnson County Historical Society Museum, the Tuesday Members Sneak Preview was met with overwhelming enthusiasm The event gave members
an opportunity to be the first to see and marvel at the much anticipated finish of phase one. One member was so enthusiastic that she actually shed tears of joy.
 
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Tornado sirens didn’t hamper good time at Extreme Bullriding Tour

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Although the sirens blew in Tecumseh on Saturday night because of the threat of a tornado that was sighted east of Elk Creek, it didn’t dampen the atmosphere of the 2015 Extreme Bullriding Tour at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Bull rider Cristino Figueredo won $1,076.63 in earnings as the top scorer with 89 points. Danny Schlobohm and Trey Engle tied for second and third place with a score of 85 points.
 
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Come to the Johnson County Fair

By Ann Wickett
There probably isn’t a more fitting theme than “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams” for the 134th Johnson County Fair. This year’s fair will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Tecumseh, Friday through Sunday, August 16-18.
Spectators young and old, will have several opportunities to see the antics of Hillbilly Bob, a featured comedian who will give three performances each day.
 
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New residential parking ordinance reviewed by city council

By Ann Wickett
A committee has been appointed to review the stipulations of an ordinance relating to parking of vehicles on residential zoned properties. The committee was appointed at the August 3 regular meeting of the Tecumseh City Council upon a recommendation of City Attorney Bruce Dalluge. The committee consists of Jesse Grof, Larry Carmine and Chuck Murphy. Dalluge explained that outside parking and storage on residential property will be considered a public nuisance because such parking and storage obstructs views on streets and private property, creates clutter and otherwise unsightly areas, decreases adjoining landowners and occupants enjoyment of  their property and neighborhood, creates hazards related to fire and life safety, and otherwise adversely affects property values and neighborhood patterns.
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Classes to start at Sterling on August 12

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Sterling Public Schools will open for its first day of classes for the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday, August 12. This will be a full day of classes with buses running accordingly. Ryan Knippelmeyer is the new superintendent at Sterling Public Schools. “My first month at Sterling has been great. I’ve been able to meet some community members and many of our teachers and staff. We have some different building projects taking place… new roof because of the late April hailstorm, painting, and other maintenance projects around the building. I’ve spent most of my time learning as much as I can about Sterling Public Schools and am beginning to develop our 2015-16 budget, said Knippelmeyer.

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Johnson County Women of Distinction recognized

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Velda Koehler was chosen as the 2015 Johnson County Woman of Distinction during an afternoon awards ceremony held at the Tecumseh Community Building on Friendship Day, August 2. Velda was nominated as this year’s Woman of Distinction by her daughter Rev. Dr. Renae Koehler and Ms. Anita Lewandowski Brown. Some of the highlights of her nomination are as follows: Koehler has encouraged and supported other women throughout her life. She raised three children including two sons and a daughter. Her daughter was called to ministry at a time when women ministers were not common. Koehler encouraged her daughter to follow God’s call. This was not an easy road to take, and yet, when her daughter came up against sexism, Koehler has always been there to support her and encouraged her to carry on. 

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Grand opening of Johnson County Historical Society Museum

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The “No Peeking” sign is set to come down and the Grand Opening of the Johnson County Historical Society Museum will take place on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The grand opening will be preceded by a special “members only” event on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The centerpiece display, which can be viewed through the front window of the beautifully renovated museum, features a Native American mural painted by local artist Amzie Dunekacke. Amzie Dunekacke of Elk Creek has always had a passion for art and would frequently draw designs on her napkins while waiting for her meal to arrive at area restaurants. Today, she likes to reproduce different pieces by famous artists like VanGogh in attempt to develop their techniques. 

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Council accepts city employee wage increase proposals

By Ann Wickett

the most discussed agenda item. This time at a special meeting of the Tecumseh City Council Monday, July 27th. Although the meeting was called to discuss the entire city budget, the most heated discussion was about the wording used to identify the positions of Doug Goracke and Mike Davison on the step wages chart. “All I want is an answer “yes” or “no”, said Terry Kage when he questioned the city council on whether Doug Goracke and Mike Davison were considered foremen or superintendents.

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Members of the Cook Fire Department hooked up

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Regan Tams looks like she is enjoying herself! Members of the Cook Fire Department hooked up one of their fire hoses to a hydrant, Friday, July 24, so children of the Cook community could come and cool off on a hot summer afternoon. Temperature reached 93 degrees that day. The record for that day was set in 1955 at 100 degrees.

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This large tree

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This large tree located in the front yard of Steve and Donna Rothell’s home about seven miles west and three miles south of Tecumseh, was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm about 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Steve said he’d never see a tree split that way before.

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